Lilium receives FAA G-1 certification basis


Lilium has received the FAA’s G-1 Certification Basis necessary for type certification of its aircraft, making it the only powered-lift OEM to receive a basis from both Europe and US.

In 2020, EASA issued its certification basis for the Lilium Jet, which forms Lilium’s primary airworthiness authority. But to allow it to operate globally, the German OEM is pursuing concurrent certification of its eVTOL through the FAA under a bilateral agreement.

“We are the first powered lift eVTOL pioneer in our industry holding a Certification Basis from EASA and the FAA,” said Alastair McIntosh, Lilium chief technology officer. “This is a major step towards our goal of achieving early certification of our aircraft in key markets to support a worldwide entry into service. We are grateful to have found great partners on both sides of the pond to electrify the skies. As per FAA practice, there will now be a collaborative process where Lilium and EASA provide feedback to the FAA before the G-1 is issued for public consultation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the FAA and EASA.“

Lilium CEO, Klaus Roewe added: “Receiving the FAA G-1 demonstrates the Lilium Jet’s path to global acceptance by aerospace regulators and the expected start of global operations in late 2025 for the revolutionary Lilium Jet.”